Speaking as a massive fan of the Warhammer Old World, the announcement hours ago that Creative Assembly have acquired the rights to the Warhammer Fantasy Battles IP is excellent news.
Described by the company as “a dream project”, the marriage of the team behind the big-name strategy franchise of Total War and the, er… big-name strategy franchise of Warhammer seems indeed to be something that should have happened a long time ago.
“The incredibly rich and detailed Warhammer world is something we grew up with, and has left an indelible imprint on us as both designers and gamers,” claimed Creative Assembly’s Tim Heaton, while hooting on a party whistle. “We’ll be doing the Warhammer universe justice in a way that has never been attempted before.”
Games Workshop is understandably similarly excited with the deal, which will no doubt be resulting in a metric buttload of money for them. “We have enormous respect for SEGA and Creative Assembly and have felt for a long time that the combination of the enormously rich setting of the Warhammer world, and their stunning development talent is a match with huge potential,” said GW’s Jon Gillard, spinning in his office chair. “Now that we’ve managed to bring these two giants of gaming together it is safe to say that some truly amazing products are going to be unleashed as a result.”
The first game in the new series is expected “beyond 2013″. Which is a vague release window at best, but hey! Roll with it.
Source: Press Release